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George Ndiritu was born on 31st July 1977. He attended Baba Dogo Primary School and started his higher education at Nairobi School, finishing at St. Theresa’s High School. He served as an altar boy at Baba Dogo Catholic Church and began playing percussions  in his early teens. As a kid George found himself growing up rough in the Mathare Slums of Nairobi’s Eastlands Area. He overcame a life fraught with many challenges including petty crime and started playing football for the Mathare Youth Sports Association at the age of 11.

In 1993 he was part of a Mathare Youth team that represented Kenya at the Gothia Youth Cup in Sweden, the Dana Cup in Denmark and the Norway Cup in…you guessed it…Norway!

He has been on the staff of MYSA since 1994 in which capacity he founded the Haba na Haba cultural programme as a part of MYSA’s larger engagement with youth in Mathare. Haba na Haba, Swahili for ‘little by little’, focuses on training in areas of culture and the arts, holding community and school shows weekly. It also runs a traveling theatre and a youth exchange programme between Norway and Kenya since 2000 taking 12 students per year to Norway and receiving 18 students from the latter.

George is a recent graduate of the prestigious Washington DC-based Kennedy Center’s Summer Fellowship Program that strives to equip individuals involved in the management of performance arts with the appropriate skills. He was also the coordinator for ‘A Promise to the Youth of Mathare’,a photo journal publication funded by UN Habitat,Vancouver which explored children’s perspectives of the MDGs. He also coordinates the annual ‘Watoto Wanasay Festival’ (Children Speak) a youth cultural and social dialogue initiative now in its 8th year.

George has been with The Best Band in Africa, formerly known as Mapinduzi Band since 2007.

He also played with Tanzania’s Lady Jay Dee at Blankets and Wine (March 2011)

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